Suffering a traumatic brain injury is often a life-altering condition. This type of debilitating injury typically requires some form of treatment for an extended period of time, if not for the lifetime of an individual. However, in rare cases, a person who suffers a traumatic brain injury receives an extraordinary gift. Massachusetts readers may have heard about a man who became a mathematical genius after such an injury.
The man was a college dropout and more of an adrenaline junky than a bookworm. All that changed in 2002 when he was severely beaten outside a karaoke bar near his home. At the hospital, he was diagnosed with a bruised kidney and released that same night. It was not until the next morning that he realized his injuries went much more severe.
He is one of only a handful of people across the globe that can hand draw fractals, which are complex geometric patterns that make up the universe. He literally sees math due to a condition called acquired savant syndrome -- a condition he shares with only 39 other people on the planet, as far as anyone knows. He sometimes misses the simplicity of life before, but he has no desire to give up his mathematical genius.
For this man, a traumatic brain injury gave him a gift few will ever get. However, most sufferers seek a treatment that will restore them to a normal life. Treatments are always evolving, but acquiring the money to pay for them may be an obstacle. Massachusetts residents who suffer traumatic brain injuries caused by the negligence of another party may be entitled to monetary restitution as part of an award of damages in a personal injury lawsuit. To prevail, however, it will be necessary to document the negligent acts to the satisfaction of a civil court.
Source: myfoxny.com, "Head injury turns man into math whiz", , April 22, 2014